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NCW: Jharkhand police casual on women issues, alleges chairperson

Ranchi: National Commission for Women (NCW) chairperson Rekha Sharma on Saturday criticized Jharkhand’s director general of police (DGP) Neeraj Sinha for being “casual” over issues concerning women and failing to address about 300 cases, in whose connection the apex constitutional body had written to state police on numerous occasions. Sharma was on a three day tour to the state during which she had also met Jharkhand governor Ramesh Bais, chief minister Hemant Soren and also took part in a seminar on human rights day.

This morning, Sharma met Sinha in Ranchi after which she lashed out at state police at a press conference accusing “apathy” and “inefficiency” towards curbing crimes related to women. She claimed that NCW had issued notices to SPs of many districts but none responded. “More than 300 cases are pending but police hasn’t responded to any of them. Cases pertain to rapes, dowry death and attempt to rapes. When I met the DGP, he remained unprepared. Police were casual about the women centric issues,” Sharma told the media. 

Stressing that Jharkhand is confronted with instances of social evils like witchhunting, trafficking among others, she said that despite stringent laws in place, it lacks enough enforcement. She also criticized state government for keeping state women’s commission headless. In the same vein, she also criticized state assembly speaker Rabindra Nath Mahto recommending to Ranchi Institute of Neuro-Psychiatry & Allied Sciences on October 22 to admit one Sangita Devi terming her as “mentally unfit”. “Is speaker a doctor to certify that she was mentally unfit?,” she questioned.  

Reacting to the charges, Jharkhand police in an official release, said that the meeting didn’t have any specific agenda but was only a discussion on issues related to women. “State police hasn’t got any list of pending cases from NCW in recent times. However, DGP has directed all SPs to send details of all cases pertaining to women in 15 days for further action. Jharkhand police is sensitive towards crime against women and issues pertaining to them and is committed to act in this regard,” it read.